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Coffee County Sheriff's Department initiates "Operation Pseudo" resulting in numerous drug arrests

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Wednesday, Jan 07,2009

A week of tireless work by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department resulted in 14 people facing more than 40 different illegal drug charges.
The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department initiated a drug offensive called “Operation Pseudo” on Monday, Dec. 29. By the end of the day on Monday, Jan. 5, some 43 arrests of 14 people had been made or were pending upon capture.
The sheriff’s department was joined in the joint effort by the 12th Judicial Drug Task Force, Alabama Beverage Control Board and narcotics officers with the Enterprise Police Department.
“In all my years (of service), I’ve never seen this kind of drug work,” said R.W. Whitworth, chief deputy of the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department. “The investigators have really worked hard to bring this operation together.”
According to Whitworth, eight methamphetamine labs were discovered during “Operation Pseudo.” He also said five vehicles were seized, as well as, numerous guns and cash.
The offensive began Monday, Dec. 29, when Thomas Edward McCaw was arrested and charged with the manufacturing of a controlled substance – first degree and assault – second degree.
Whitworth said Sheriff Dave Sutton stopped a vehicle Friday, Dec. 26, on the Boll Weevil Circle in Enterprise for reckless driving. As the sheriff made contact with the driver, he noticed the driver (Thomas Edward McCaw) had a methamphetamine laboratory inside the vehicle.
“The sheriff was attempting to get McCaw out of the vehicle when McCaw took off,” Whitworth said. “As he did so the vehicle struck the sheriff with his vehicle.”
A high-speed pursuit ensued, and Whitworth said McCaw allegedly threw the meth lab from his vehicle further endangering the citizens of Coffee County. The pursuit was terminated a short time thereafter.
On Monday, Dec. 29, investigators with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, investigators with the Dale County Sheriff’s Department and Daleville Police Department began a search for McCaw. According to Whitworth, the suspect was found hiding at his mother’s residence in Daleville and was arrested at that time without incident.
“Operation Pseudo” continued Tuesday, Dec. 30, when officials located a meth lab on Coffee County Road 338. According to Whitworth, two people face multiple charges from this case – one was arrested Dec. 30th while the other remains at-large.
Glenda Sanders was arrested and charged with the manufacturing of a controlled substance – first degree, possession of a controlled substance, chemical endangerment of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Officers continue to search for Danny Lee Hudson. According to Whitworth, Hudson will face the charges of manufacturing of a controlled substance – first degree, possession of a controlled substance, chemical endangerment of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia when he is captured and arrested. Whitworth also said there is a warrant for Hudson’s arrest for parole violation.
Three people were arrested Friday, Jan. 2, after officers found a methamphetamine lab on Alabama Highway 51 outside of New Brockton.
Brent Griffin was arrested and charged with the manufacturing of a controlled substance – first degree, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Phillip Dunaway was arrested and charged with the manufacturing of a controlled substance – first degree, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jay Boyd Killingsworth was arrested and charged with the manufacturing of a controlled substance – first degree, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Sunday, Jan. 4, three people were arrested on multiple charges with meth labs being located on County Road 216 and at a residence in Enterprise. According to Whitworth, two of these suspects, William Jason Hussey and Jeffery Scott Allen, also allegedly were caught trying to buy manufacturing chemicals from local drug stores.
William Jason Hussey was arrested and charged with two separate charges of manufacturing of a controlled substance – first degree, two separate charges of possession of a controlled substance and two separate charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sarah Beth Brumage was arrested and charged with the manufacturing of a controlled substance – first degree, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jeffery Scott Allen was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and two separate charges of manufacturing of a controlled substance – first degree.
On Monday, Jan. 5, Whitworth said officers discovered a meth lab on Alabama Highway 87 north of Elba. Two people were arrested.
William Campbell was arrested and charged with the manufacturing of a controlled substance – first degree and trafficking in methamphetamine.
Kimberly Senn was arrested and charged with the manufacturing of a controlled substance – first degree and trafficking in methamphetamine.
Also on Monday, Jan. 5, Whitworth said officer discovered a meth lab on Coffee County Road 308. Three people were arrested from this case.
Sidney Johnson was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hazel Michel was arrested and charged with the manufacturing of a controlled substance – first degree and possession of a controlled substance.
Penny Lemke was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
“There will be more arrests in the near future as we continue to work these pseudo labs,” Whitworth said. “Unfortunately, there is a lot of drug activity in this county, but there is a lot in all counties.”
According to Whitworth, more than 200 drug arrests were made in Coffee County last year.

Investigators with the Coffee County Sheriff's Department are shown above examining items removed from a methamphetamine lab discovered Tuesday, Dec. 30, on Coffee County Road 338 north of Elba. Officers found meth oil (inside the bottles being held in the picture) and other items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The dilapidated building where these items were discovered appeared to be a storage area for the meth products. A search was also conducted by law enforcement officials at a residence on County Road 338. This was part of a joint effort between the Coffee county Sheriff's Department, 12th Judicial Drug Task Force and Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Board